St. Moriz Tan Review

I'm no stranger to pale girl problems and whilst sorting through a load of beauty products which I'm trying to use up, I found a couple of bottles of St. Moriz tan which I remember opening at least two years ago and not having the balls to actually go through with using. I rarely bare my skin no matter how hot it is outside and therefore it's a vicious cycle; no skin showing = no tan attempted and because of my lack of confidence, I'd rather swelter in the heat than expose any part of my body.

This year, I thought a big firm 'sod that' and cracked these bottles open again with no shits given. I've been working out and had a burst of confidence so I thought I'd give it a go. One of them is an instant tan and the other a build up, but I used an old sock to apply them as I didn't have a proper tanning mitt and it worked just as well. Over the June 17th/18th weekend, the UK had a brilliant heat wave and whilst I normally take refuge in a cool, dark place like some kind of salamander, but I got myself in the shower, body scrubbed, moisturised, let that sink in and then I set to work applying some instant fake tan. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't worried about turning out a disgusting orangey tango-d mess and I'd be lying even more if I said I wasn't worried that the St. Moriz statement about the tan washing straight off if you make a mistake was a huge fib...

So I applied it, all over my legs, arms and a bit around my neck and shoulders where my skin was on show. I was delighted. No streaks, no awful colour, just a lovely soft bronze now covering my once transparent skin. I felt pretty damn chuffed with myself and looked dare I say it, healthier. I went about my day as usual and even lay in the sun for 15 minutes which in Ellis land NEVER happens and I semi enjoyed it. I usually have a shower at night but this time, I purposefully wanted to sleep in the tan to see if it would transfer to the sheets. Let's establish our surroundings - it was the sticky kind of hot that night, the kind where you feel as though you're dripping and all you're doing is lying there. Again, I'd be lying if I said I wasn't concerned about ruining my lovely white sheets...

The next morning, not a stain in sight and I got back into the shower to see how well it would rinse off. I didn't even need any soon as the water hit my skin I noticed it started turning brown and within 2 minutes I'd got it all off. I washed with soap afterwards of course, but purely for experimental reasons I wanted to see how well this stuff came off on it's own. Once I'd buffed my skin and moisturised again, I applied more fake tan and this time got James to do the top half of my back so I could wear a strapless dress - something I've never had the confidence to wear since buying this lovely thing a couple of years ago. I felt fabulous and again, I didn't need to worry about the tan transferring to my clothes and that night it washed straight off again. Another huge bonus is the instant tan doesn't have that horrible biscuit scent to it like a lot of tans do so I was really quite impressed with the whole process.

I repeated everything else for the gradual tan the week prior to this and although I still like it, I much prefer the instant tan. I found the gradual one a bit streaky and orange in places, strange considering I applied it in exactly the same way using the same technique. This one also had a bit of a funky smell a few hours after applying but the product itself when you first sniff it is rather pleasant. I have the instant tan in the 'Medium Matte' shade and I found it to be perfect for me.

One thing I will mention is I'm not sure whether St. Moriz test on animals or not - I have done some research and can't seem to find a a definite answer, although I have spotted this brand on some vegan websites who have stated they don't and equally on others that say they do. Either way, I bought these products over two years ago when I wasn't as mindful as I am now, so as much as I loved this instant tan, I won't be repurchasing unless I find out for definite they're a cruelty free brand. I have tweeted them directly for an answer but still await a response. I also loved the fact I didn't need to sacrifice my health in order to achieve a bit of a tan and I'll also add this in here - don't forget your sun cream in this ridiculous heat!

*UPDATE: St. Moriz replied to my tweet stating they do not test on animals

Thanks for reading and if you have any cruelty free tan recommendations please feel free to throw them my way!

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